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Sundance Institute announced Documentary Fund Grantees

LOS ANGELES, California. — The Sundance Institute announced the latest cohort of its Documentary Fund Grantees. $590,000 of grant support has been provided to 18 projects in various stages of completion. The Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the world.

The supported projects are from 20 countries and territories across five continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America). This grant cycle focused on artists from historically underrepresented communities. This year, all of the U.S. films granted are helmed by at least one BIPOC (black, indigenous, or people of color) director. The Documentary Fund is committed to gender equity; women directors command 72% of granted projects. Additionally, 72% of grantees are early-career filmmakers working on their first or second feature films.

“Supporting equity in storytelling by elevating diverse cohorts is central to our mission,” said Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, Documentary Film Fund Director. “Sundance funding can play a vital role in creating a space for freedom of speech, stimulating local documentary production and ensuring that nonfiction narratives from around the world are elevated.”

“This cohort of grantees reflects deeply artistic and personal storytelling, as they explore and reveal the contemporary human condition in all its complexity,” said Carrie Lozano, Director of the Institute’s Documentary Film Program.

Applications for the next round of funding are currently open and ends July 26. Grants are made possible by The Open Society Foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Luminate.

The latest grantees listed by production stage:

  • Development:
    The Gardeners (U.S.A.)
    Director: Crystal Kayiza
    Producer: Crystal Kayiza

    Gross National Happiness (Bhutan, Hungary)
    Director: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó
    Producer: Noémi Veronika Szakonyi, Arun Bhattarai

    The Ship and the Sea (Mozambique, Brazil, Portugal)
    Director: Lara Sousa, Everlane Moraes
    Producer: Matheus Mello, Emerson d’Almeida, Joelma Oliveira Gonzaga, Elsa Sertorio

    The Tongue of Water (France, Cambodia)
    Director: Polen Ly
    Producers: Rithy Panh, Lucas Sénécaut, Thibaut Amri

    Under the Dance Floor (Hungary)
    Director: Sára Timár
    Producer: Krisztina Meggyes

  • Production:
    Against the Tide (India)
    Directors: Sarvnik Kaur
    Producers: Sarvnik Kaur, Koval Bhatia

    Do You Love Me (working title) (Lebanon, Germany)
    Director: Lana Daher
    Producer: Lana Daher, Jasper Mielke

    Igualada (Colombia)
    Director: Juan Mejia
    Producer: Juan Yepes

    Inverse Surveillance Project (U.S.A.)
    Director: Assia Boundaoui
    Producer: Nouha Boundaoui

    Rising Up at Night (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium)
    Director: Nelson Makengo
    Producer: Rosa Spaliviero, Dada Kahindo Siku

    Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (Estonia, France, Iceland)
    Director: Anna Hints
    Producer: Marianne Ostrat, Juliette Cazanave, Pierre Jestaz, Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

    The Therapy (Israel)
    Director: Zvi Landsman
    Producer: Ori Szternfeld, Zvi Landsman

    Untitled (U.S.A., Canada)
    Director: Sura Mallouh
    Producer: Sura Mallouh, Laura Poitras, Yoni Golijov

  • Post-production:
    Black Mothers (U.S.A.)
    Director: Débora Souza Silva
    Producers: Débora Souza Silva, David Felix Sutcliffe

    Hazing (U.S.A.)
    Director: Byron Hurt
    Producer: Natalie Bullock Brown

    Liquor Store Dreams (U.S.A.)
    Director: So Yun Um
    Producer: So Yun Um, Eddie Kim

    Silent Beauty (U.S.A., Mexico)
    Director: Jasmin Mara López
    Producer: Jasmin Mara López

    Untitled Muscogee Nation Documentary (Muscogee Nation, U.S.A.)
    Director: Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Joe Peeler
    Producer: Conrad Beilharz, Garrett Baker, Tyler Graim

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